Book Review: Girl In The Moonlight | WSHUThank you! In Dubow's second novel Indiscretion , —pleasingly reminiscent of Maugham and Fitzgerald—our hero narrates a lifetime spent adoring one impossibly beautiful, out-of-reach woman. Wylie Rose's obsession with Cesca Bonet begins at 9, the day he breaks his arm trying to impress her on her family's East Hampton estate. The novel, set in the last half of the 20th century, spans decades of their lives as they pursue their dreams in the glamorous way only the very rich can and slip in and out of love affairs, always returning to each other. Cesca is one of four children born to a New York heiress and a Spanish artist; Wylie's father warns him of the family: "They're beautiful, talented, rich. It's all very seductive. But they're like spoiled children.
Girl in the Moonlight Is a Tale of Obsession
Charles Dubow's novel Girl in the Moonlight is the story of one man's obsession with a woman who drifts in and out of his life. It is a grueling tale that takes place over decades with the uniting of two hearts being forever out of reach. The narrator, Wylie Rose, and the object of his ardor, Cesca Bonet, are constantly at cross purposes but this passionate relationship still sears the pages of Dubow's book. The story is told from Wylie's viewpoint as he reflects back on the first few decades of his life. He recalls how he was introduced to the Bonet family as a young teenager.
She treats him badly. He continues to want her. William Morrow, A book about an obsession, which is how this book is billed, can be terribly powerful, but I ended up feeling sorry for Cesca. She and Wylie have no chemistry despite his professed obsession. They rarely speak to each other. In fact, Dubow is so busy name-dropping, all the characters are underdeveloped.
Are the rich different from you and me? Dubow picks up where the great literary arbiter of enormously wealthy lives, F. Scott Fitzgerald, leaves off. But don't be thinking The Great Gatsby , since this first-person narrative of passion and prosperity starts in the early s, when Dubow's protagonist, Wylie Rose, then a shy year-old, first sets eyes on the stunning Cesca Bonet, an exotic beauty two years older than he is. Trying to impress Cesca, Wylie falls out of a tree and breaks his arm. That brief, childish encounter at the privileged Bonet family's beachside Hamptons estate improbably alters the rest of young Wylie's life.